0.55.0 APK Data mining: new Badge, Shiny Pokemon and… spoilers ahead!

Pokemon GO Battery Drain
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we are in progress of data mining the new 0.55.0 APK that was released an hour ago. You can find the APK on APK Mirror. Here’s what we’ve found:

Introduced entire Unown family + badge

The new APK finally clearly shows how Unown family is going to play out. The new Badge that was added is called Badge Unown and stands for collecting the entire Unown family line:


We’ve already reported on the discovery of Unown in our 0.53.1 APK Data mine, so take a look there for more details. There is no information on when the badge will become available.

Four new sponsors!

The new APK shows four new sponsors added in the APK, surprisingly growing fast recently:

  • HOOD

If you’re confused about the names, Niantic has been hiding sponsor names using kitchen and food appliances in order to protect and abide contracts with Sponsors. Read more here if you want to learn more.

Shiny Pokemon are here

We’ve been finding traces of Shiny code for months already, but we finally have concrete details on how it works and what’s measured by the app. The bold parts of the code below are new.


Evidently, the Pokedex is going to track number of encountered Shiny variants of a Pokemon specie, in the same fashion as it tracks number of caught and encountered. The same goes for genders and “costumes”. The change here is that Shiny Pokemon is not considered a Costume anymore.

Possible new Catch Bonus: Critical Catch

A new bonus/badge was added, but only a few references point to it, so it may as well be a test or a rework of an existing feature:


New In App Purchase Category: Avatar

In the last APK data mine we found new trainer customization options, but we reported that we don’t know how they’re going to be obtained. Speculation and wishful thinking led us to believe that they are going to be tied to achievements, however that’s not the case: you’ll soon be able to buy Trainer Avatar customization in the Store.


We’re quite disappointed.

Added platform support for Windows and OSX

We are not sure what this means, but in the supported platforms section of the code base, two new entries have appeared: Windows and OSX. Does this hint at a possible Pokemon GO release on desktop? No, that makes no sense, but it could be a measure to fight bots and GPS spoofers further.

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